Why the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) risks turning into a paper tiger

Why the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) risks turning into a paper tiger

In November 2019, BEUC sent another letter to the DPC, noting: “One year after these complaints were filed, it has yet not been decided whether Google infringed the GDPR.” As Monique Goyens, Director General of BEUC, said: Considering the scale of the problem, which affects millions of European consumers, this investigation should be a priority for the Irish data protection authority.

Clearview AI says to opt-out of their facial recognition database, send them a government-issued photo ID

Clearview AI says to opt-out of their facial recognition database, send them a government-issued photo ID

Obviously, we're not recommending for anyone to do this, but rather we're pointing out how preposterous it is that they'll only delete the data they have on you if you send them more data, including your government-issued ID.

Our collective privacy problem is not your fault

Our collective privacy problem is not your fault

Yet even as it demonstrates location tracking’s invasiveness and describes shady corporate practices in appropriately critical terms, the first piece of the series often frames the problem of pervasive privacy violations as failures of individual foresight.

Apple’s Ad-Targeting Crackdown Shakes Up Ad Market

Apple’s Ad-Targeting Crackdown Shakes Up Ad Market

Apple’s moves against ad tracking have shaken up the online ad industry, making it harder to target its users and forcing competitors, ad tech firms and publishers to adapt.

The world needs Cliqz. The world needs more search engines.

The world needs Cliqz. The world needs more search engines.

Because Google with its 93% search market share is a monopoly.But due to Google’s dominant market share, even the smallest shifts in search results, even a small shift in the autosuggest, will influence our behavior.

P410n3 - blog: "I have nothing to hide"

P410n3 - blog: "I have nothing to hide"

Google, Facebook and lots of other companies don’t just collect data about you for surveillance alone.But Google does not just show you some ads, they also have full control over what results you get for each and every search query you send.

Google’s silent Chrome experiment crashes thousands of browsers and angers IT admins

Google’s silent Chrome experiment crashes thousands of browsers and angers IT admins

Google confirmed the testing and rollout of this feature in a statement to The Verge, and apologized for the issues:.

Twitter "Unintentionally" Used Your Phone Number for Targeted Advertising

Twitter "Unintentionally" Used Your Phone Number for Targeted Advertising

That’s exactly what Twitter fessed up to yesterday in an understated blog post: the company has been taking email addresses and phone numbers that users provided for “safety and security purposes” like two-factor authentication, and using them for its ad tracking systems, known as Tailored Audiences and Partner Audiences.

What We 'Know' About Facebook

What We 'Know' About Facebook

Photo: GettyOn Friday, Gizmodo uncovered shocking new evidence that Facebook is using its platform to suppress stories about CEO Mark Zuckerberg...Like most big tech companies, Facebook doesn’t offer a phone number to call if you’re having issues.

Interview with Edward Snowden about His Story

Interview with Edward Snowden about His Story

Snowden: You have to remember, in the beginning I didn't even know mass surveillance was a thing because I worked for the CIA, which is a human intelligence organization.

Trump Mulls Orwellian Proposal to Stop Mass Shootings by Monitoring 'Mentally Ill People' for Signs of Imminent Violence

Trump Mulls Orwellian Proposal to Stop Mass Shootings by Monitoring 'Mentally Ill People' for Signs of Imminent Violence

The Trump administration is reportedly considering a pitch from former NBC Chairman Robert Wright, a presidential pal, for a research program aimed at preventing mass shootings by electronically monitoring people who have received psychiatric diagnoses.

Amazon will not tell me what happens to their hard drives.

Amazon will not tell me what happens to their hard drives.

In fact even though it was clearly my fault for waiting so long and I was outside the return period, amazon still stated Return the hard drive for a full refund.There are hard drives for purchase on amazon.Until I get some answers, I’m not returning my hard drive that failed,.

Firefox Won't Show My Google Photos

Firefox Won't Show My Google Photos

You can select other options, also, but then click: Clear Now. Firefox Clear Recent History Forbes TJ McCue. Screenshot Firefox Clear All History TJ McCue ForbesThis usually solves the problem and images start to load again.

We talked to the professor who fought Cambridge Analytica to get his data back in Netflix's 'The Great Hack' about why privacy rights in the US are lagging behind the rest of the world

We talked to the professor who fought Cambridge Analytica to get his data back in Netflix's 'The Great Hack' about why privacy rights in the US are lagging behind the rest of the world

It's been well over a year since it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed the data of 87 million Facebook users to target advertising for President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

1.5% of Chrome Users' Passwords Are Known to Be Compromised

1.5% of Chrome Users' Passwords Are Known to Be Compromised

1.5% of passwords used in Chrome are unsafe and have been released in data breaches, according to new information from Google.In February, a new feature was introduced to the Google Chrome browser which checks whether users’ passwords are secure.

Trump Administration Asks Congress to Reauthorize N.S.A.’s Deactivated Call Records Program

Trump Administration Asks Congress to Reauthorize N.S.A.’s Deactivated Call Records Program

Eventually, the Obama administration and Congress agreed on a reform law that would end the N.S.A.’s bulk collection of domestic calling data, but preserve its ability to swiftly gain access to records held by telecoms when a judge agreed that a specific number had terrorism links.

Kasper-Spy: Kaspersky Anti-Virus puts users at risk

Kasper-Spy: Kaspersky Anti-Virus puts users at risk

A strange discovery on my office computer led me to unearth an astonishing data leak caused by Kaspersky's antivirus software.The data leak allowed websites to unnoticeably read the individual ID of Kaspersky users.

'Opt Out' Is Useless. Let People Opt In

'Opt Out' Is Useless. Let People Opt In

Right now it’s unclear what form Apple’s Siri opt-out will take; the company has suspended its voice data collection temporarily and says only that once it resumes, “users will have the ability to choose to participate.” Apple didn’t respond to a request for more specific information.

Office 365 banned from German schools; iWork also ruled out- 9to5Mac

Office 365 banned from German schools; iWork also ruled out- 9to5Mac

Microsoft has found Office 365 banned from use in at least some German schools due to privacy concerns over the way its cloud service works.

Opinion | I Used Google Ads for Social Engineering. It Worked.

Opinion | I Used Google Ads for Social Engineering. It Worked.

The goal of my first redirect campaign was to sway the ideology of suicidal people. The problem my campaign addressed: Suicidal people are underserved on Google. In 2010, Google started making the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline the top result of certain searches relating to suicide.

60M Minor Accounts Vulnerable, Instagram Exposes Kids Contact Details

60M Minor Accounts Vulnerable, Instagram Exposes Kids Contact Details

Instagram revealed to me that the contact information of these minors was already currently displayed in plain sight on their profile page in the Instagram app — meaning that over 1,000,000,000 users could view their profile and extract that person’s phone number or email address.

Google’s login chief would rather you use Apple’s sign-in button than keep using passwords

Google’s login chief would rather you use Apple’s sign-in button than keep using passwords

It’s hard to put a finger on the benefit of all of these different login tools, but it does feel like things are getting better?

New release: BridgeDB 0.7.1

New release: BridgeDB 0.7.1

The new BridgeDB release addresses this issue by only handing out a bridge’s probing-resistant protocols if the bridge supports protocols that are both vulnerable and resistant to active probing. For example, if a bridge supports both vanilla Tor and obfs4, then we only hand obfs4 to users.

Democrats Need to Tame the Facebook Monster They Helped Create

Democrats Need to Tame the Facebook Monster They Helped Create

Democratic leaders Frank Pallone and Jan Schakowksy did an oversight review of Facebook’s regulator, the Federal Trade Commission, with all five commissioners, including Chairman Joe Simons, advancing ideas on how to address privacy rules in America today.

Don't Put Anonymous Speech on the Chopping Block

Don't Put Anonymous Speech on the Chopping Block

Farrell and Schneier propose greater transparency as one means of strengthening democracy against information attacks that undermine trust. Chilling legitimate participation and reducing the diversity of opinions voiced would not fix the broken public comment process.

Apple Is the Best on Privacy, But It's Still Not Close to What We Need

Apple Is the Best on Privacy, But It's Still Not Close to What We Need

Apple should be building a data marketplace for its users, not raising fears about privacy. Such a marketplace won't be easy to build, and Apple already has some huge advantages:Much of the data you'd want to sell as a user is already collected and stored safely by Apple products.

Smart Lock Vendors Under Fire For Collecting Too Much Private Data

Smart Lock Vendors Under Fire For Collecting Too Much Private Data

With your cell carrier, ISP, smart locks, electrical utility, and every IOT device in your home collecting data on every single move you make, it's not hard to envision a future where every step you take is monitored and monetized (and often poorly secured ), with little serious recourse for consumer rights.

Here’s how Internet of Things malware is undermining privacy

Here’s how Internet of Things malware is undermining privacy

A more general problem is that once an attacker is inside a home network, whether through vulnerabilities in a router or a camera, for example, it is possible that other IoT devices on it will be open to attack.

Vice versa HUAWEI P30 Pro without connection with China. The point is a misunderstanding when testing

Vice versa HUAWEI P30 Pro without connection with China. The point is a misunderstanding when testing

For cases where users of Huawei P30 Pro bought in Thailand Found that the device sent data to the Chinese government server Which Huawei Thailand contacted to investigate the facts of the problem After almost inspection at night We found that the device does not connect nor sends no data directly But it is the user's own test process that caused.

Razer issues fix for well-known Intel ME firmware vulnerability

Razer issues fix for well-known Intel ME firmware vulnerability

"All current Razer laptops are shipped in Intel Manufacturing Mode, and have full R/W on the SPI flash. “To address this issue, Razer laptops will ship from the factory with an update to remove these vulnerabilities.